Raccoon scales high-rise in downtown St. Paul

MPR reporter Tim Nelson tweeted a video of the raccoon "doing a little grooming" from the 23rd floor's ledge, "now that he's a social media star".

Minnesota Public Radio has dubbed the animal #mprraccoon, while the local Fox affiliate briefly set up a live view of its perch on Periscope.

About 2.30 a.m. a grainy live feed from the scene showed a shadowy figure scurrying up and over the top of a 25-story building, prompting an nearly audible sigh of relief from the internet.

It moved to the neighbouring UBS Tower, and started climbing up, not down.

Yes, because this is 2018 there was a Twitter stream dedicated to a racoon who climbed the building and people were actually watching it.

The city's mayor, Melvin Carter, assured raccoon-watchers help was on the way.

Today, it's all about a racoon who scaled an office building in Minnesota, US.

But it changed course one more time and climbed up to the roof.

The raccoon has gotten Twitter so excited that someone has even started an account on the critter's behalf: "The St. Paul Raccoon".

In the end, there was no need.

The windows of the UBS Tower don't open, so at this point animal control authorities hope it keeps going to the roof where it can be rescued in a live trap, according to WCCO.

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